Atlas 10-D “Big Joe 1”
By Kevin Huang
First launch of the Mercury program. Launched a boilerplate Mercury capsule to test the ablative heat shield, afterbody heating, and reentry dynamics.
Atlas A SM-65A
By Joey Zinga
Modification of Kevin Huang’s model
First full scale prototype of the Atlas missile and progenitor of the Atlas family of rockets.
SpaceX partially reusable heavy-lift launch vehicle derived from the Falcon 9. Consists of a strengthened Falcon 9 first stage center core and two Falcon 9 first stage strap-on boosters. As of 2021, Falcon Heavy had the highest payload capacity of operating rockets and the third highest of any rocket ever to reach orbit.
Long March 5 (CZ-5)
Heavy Lift launch vehicle developed by the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology. First to use non-hypergolic liquid fuels. As of 2021 it is the 3rd most powerful launch vehicle.
Apollo 13 Mission
Seventh crewed Apollo mission aborted after the Oxygen tank of the Service Module exploded.
Cancelled USAF program to develop a multipurpose spaceplane.
Titan IIIC with MOL
Titan IIIC modified to carry a boilerplate mockup of the Manned Orbiting Laboratory.
Four stage rocket derived from the Jupiter-C sounding rocket. After the “Sputnik Crisis” and the failure of the Vanguard program, a Juno I rocket was used to launch America’s first satellite, Explorer 1.
Delta B (Thor-Delta B)
Derivative of the Thor-Delta rocket using the Thor DM-21 configuration with a Delta D second stage and an Altair solid rocket motor third stage. Launched the first geosynchronous satellite, Syncom-2.
Four stage rocket derived from the Jupiter missile and using MGM-29 Sergeant solid rocket motors for the upper stages. Launched Pioneer 3 (failure) and Pioneer 4 which became the first American lunar probe.
Atlas LV3 Agena-D
Standardized Atlas plus Agena D used for a variety of NASA and Air Force programs, including Ranger, Mariner, Midas, and Gambit.
Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF) for Apollo
NASA vehicle used to quarantine astronauts returning from the first four Apollo lunar missions. An Airstream trailer was converted by Melpar, Inc. to house three crew, a physician, and an engineer.
Astrovan Apollo Era
Transport for Apollo astronauts to launchpad. Modified Cortez motorhome.
Little Joe II Launcher
Mobile launcher for the Little Joe II rocket.
Little Joe II
American rocket developed to test the Apollo spacecraft Launch Escape System and the Command Module parachute recovery system in abort mode. Smallest of the four launch vehicles used in the Apollo program.
Atlas LV-3B (Mercury-Atlas Launch Vehicle)
America’s second manned launch vehicle and the first to reach orbit for the Mercury program. Manufactured by Convair and derived from the SM-65D Atlas missile making it a member of the Atlas family of rockets. Launched a total of four crewed Mercury spacecraft.
Titan II GLV (Gemini Launch Vehicle)
American launch vehicle derived from the Titan II missile. Launched twelve Gemini program missions featuring the first flights with two astronauts.
Mercury-Redstone Launch Vehicle
America’s first crewed suborbital launch vehicle. Member of the Redstone rocket family derived from the U.S. Army’s Redstone missile and the Jupiter-C LV. Used for six suborbital Mercury flights carrying astronauts Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom.
A-4 / V-2 Rocket with Support and Supply Vehicles
By Kaero, Mark Balderama, and Wolfram Broszies
The Aggregat 4 (A-4), later renamed the V-2 for Vengeance Weapon 2, was the world’s first long range missile and the first to pass the Karman line reaching ‘space’. Much of the development team went on to help develop rocket programs for both the USA and USSR.
About the Brick Space Agency
Welcome to the Brick Space Agency! I have always been fascinated by the exploration of space and the rockets and spacecraft it takes to get us there. I love watching rockets launch and escape the confines of Earth as they transport humankind to new frontiers. When I was a kid I would build all sorts of space vehicles from LEGO